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Suez To Celebrate 60th Anniversary Of Lake DeForest

The Supervisor’s Challenge and five hours of guided paddling will highlight the second annual Lake DeForest Day on Sunday, May 22.
The Supervisor’s Challenge and five hours of guided paddling will highlight the second annual Lake DeForest Day on Sunday, May 22. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

WEST NYACK, N.Y. -- The 60th anniversary celebration of Lake DeForest, the Supervisor’s Challenge and five hours of guided paddling will highlight the second annual Lake DeForest Day hosted by Suez on Sunday, May 22.

More than 500 rowers, kayakers and canoers are expected to participate at the reservoir in West Nyack.

“Lake DeForest Day is an exciting way to provide our customers with access to beautiful Lake DeForest,” said Chris Graziano, the vice president and general manager of Suez’ New York operations. “This is our featured community event of the year, and a great way to celebrate the local environment.”

The event will feature the Supervisor’s Challenge, a race scheduled for 10 a.m., matching the five town supervisors in a 200-meter tandem kayak competition. The winner will be presented the Supervisor’s Cup during the opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.

Guided paddling will be available at two sessions beginning at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Boaters can choose to rent single kayaks, double kayaks or canoes for 2 1/2 hours at $20 per paddler.

Registration is pre-event only by visiting www.HackensackRiverkeeper.org . Only a limited number of boat rentals are available and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

All proceeds of the event will go to support the ongoing work of Hackensack Riverkeeper and its mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River. As one of the leading environmental groups in the northeast, Hackensack Riverkeeper is widely renowned for its advocacy, education and conservation programs that benefit the 45-mile long river, its watershed, people and wildlife.

Through its partnership with Suez, Riverkeeper features paddling days on the Oradell, Lake Tappan and Lake DeForest reservoirs.

“We are very excited to extend our work to the headwaters of our common watershed and we expect this event to be immensely popular in Rockland in the coming years,” said Captain Bill Sheehan, founder and executive director of Hackensack Riverkeeper. “Each of these special events offers an opportunity for local residents to paddle these pristine bodies of water that are ordinarily closed to the public.”

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